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The Federal Bureau of Investigation releases FBI Child ID app

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has released an iPhone app called FBI Child ID. If your child goes missing, it must be one of the most stressful things to deal with in life. Most times they just lose track of time and return safe and well, maybe just a few hours late. If they don’t however, you need to know what to do and be able to react as fast as possible. This is where the FBI Child ID app comes in.

The free FBI Child ID app provides a convenient place to electronically store photos and vital information about your child so that it’s literally right at hand if your child goes missing. You can show the pictures and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers on the spot. Using a special tab on the app, you can also quickly and easily e-mail the information to authorities with a few clicks. The app also includes tips on keeping children safe as well as specific guidance on what to do in those first few crucial hours after a child goes missing

FBI Child ID is free to download and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad; running iOS 4.2 or later. Screenshots after the break.

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Screenshot of speech-to-text activation key found in iOS 5 beta 5 hidden keyboard


A screenshot has been found in the latest iOS 5 beta 5 release which again reveals that text to speech may be coming in the final version of iOS 5. Last month we saw some screenshots of a settings screen which allowed you to turn the voice assistant on and off. Now we have another screenshot showing how to activate the speech-to-text from within an app.

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Apple releases iOS 5 beta 5 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, Xcode 4.2 DP 5, iTunes 10.5 beta 5

Apple has released iOS 5 beta 5 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to developers. Like the previous update, iOS 5 is being offered over-the-air (OTA) so tap Settings on your device, go to General, and hit Software Update, and watch it do its magic.

As mentioned in the comments, Apple is officially recommending you wipe your device before updating:

To install iOS 5 beta 5 using over the air software update, you must first erase all content and settings on your device by choosing Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Over the air software update can be initiated on devices running iOS 5 beta 3 and later by choosing Settings > General > Software Update.

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TiPb Picks of the Week

Every week a few of us from team TiPb will bring you our current favorite, most fun and useful App Store apps, WebApps, jailbreak apps, even the occasional accessory, web site, or desktop app if the mood strikes us. As long as they’re iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch related, they’re fair game.

To see what we picked, and to tell us your pick, follow on after the break!

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FX Photo Studio for iPhone on sale this weekend!

FX Photo Studio, the popular iPhone photo editing app that comes loaded with nearly 200 filters, is on sale for the weekend!

  • Almost 200 high quality effects and filters
  • All effects are 100% customizable
  • High-Res masking: apply effects to any part of the image
  • Enhanced editing tools
  • Import from Facebook
  • Share to Instagram & more cutting-edge features

Since the addition of the Masking Studio, FX Photo Studio has become one of my favorite photography apps on the iPhone. It makes a great pair with Instagram.

FX Photo Studio for iPhone is on sale for $0.99. Screenshots after the break.

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Turbine powered Batmobile uses iPad for in dash GPS and audio system [video]

If you are a fan of Batman, you are going to love this Batmobile. It is a real road car which has been built by Casey Putsch of the Putsch Racing facility. What’s more, it is powered by a turbine which sounds absolutely awesome and has an in-dash GPS and audio system powered by an iPad. What more could any Batman loving iPad geek want?

This is the only Bat car created that makes fiction reality. It is powered by a military spec turboshaft engine driving the rear wheels through a semi automatic gearbox. It features a custom tube frame/monocoque chassis with fully independent suspension, disc brakes, and a sequential shifter. It runs on kerosene, diesel, or Jet fuel and has a power to weight ratio comparable to a Dodge Viper. The car is registered and insured for the road in the United States. Built in 2011 by Casey Putsch. Casey Putsch has the Putsch Racing facility.

Take a look at the car driving around the streets and listen to the sound of that engine in the video after the break. There are also a lot more pictures too. I want one now!

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Remove duplicate contacts with Duplicate Remover and Merger Pro for iPhone

Duplicate Remover and Merger Pro, by Alittera, is a productivity iPhone app that removes duplicate contacts from your address book.

Duplicate Remover and Merger PRO will remove and merge duplicate contacts in just one tap. Even if thousands of duplicates are spotted, they all will be thoroughly analyzed and removed. All identical duplicates will be deleted and similar ones will be merged automatically ensuring that no data is ever lost. Use Duplicate Remover and Merger PRO after each sync to remove and merge new duplicates in seconds and make sure your address book is duplicate free.

  • Removal of identical duplicate Contacts in one tap.
  • Automatic merge of similar contacts.
  • Support for MobileMe, Exchange and contacts groups or any non-local contact sources.
  • Cleanup of Contacts in seconds.
  • Lost Data prevention.
  • Search and delete duplicates separately in each Contact source group to avoid accidental data loss. I.e. If you have the same contact in Exchange and on your iPhone, this feature will prevent removing contact data from the Exchange source.
  • Trash Can. Restoration of accidentally deleted Contacts. All original contacts will be recycled during merging, so that you could restore them if needed.
  • Unique algorithm of duplicate detection and removal scan of all contact properties, automatic search, merge or removal of all possible duplicates. Tested with the help of tens of thousands of users of 4Team Outlook Duplicate Remover desktop software.
  • Eliminates the need of manual contacts comparison.
  • Simple one-action-button User-friendly Interface.

Duplicate Remover and Merger Pro is available on the iPhone for $2.99.

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Epic already imagining iPhone 8 gaming

Mike Caps, president of Unreal Engine-powered, Infinity Blade swinging Epic Games, thinks that rather than next generation consoles from Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony, people should be keeping their eyes peeled on iPhone 8 gaming, circa 2015:

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Manage milestones, deadlines and due dates with TimeSpan for iPhone, iPad

TimeSpan, by Partixel, is a productivity app for iPhone and iPad that allows you to keep track of important dates with countdowns.

Never again a sleepless night due to a forgotten milestone.

TimeSpan is a minimalist app that makes it easy and simple to manage all your milestones, deadlines and due dates just on your iPhone.

  • Beautiful & elegant user interface - TimeSpan has a beautiful styling to the last pixel. Everything has been designed with incredible attention to detail.
  • Intuitive & clean workflow - The workflow is completely self-explanatory. There are no unnecessary paths and everything behaves as expected.
  • Repeating Timespans - There are enough events that occur again and again, which should be managed in TimeSpan too. So that no more birthday or wedding anniversary is forgotten.
  • Remaining days badge - If you want, the remaining time of one event will be displayed as badge on the app icon. You always keep a very important date in sight, directly on your Springboard.
  • Notifications - The program can remind you of every event. Even if TimeSpan is not being started. You can choose between various options when configuring the reminder.
  • Universal - Use the same application on your iPad without additional cost. And enjoy all the advantages of a native iPad App.
  • Speed - Everything is ready designed for fast operation. Nothing will impede you. Creating and editing a TimeSpan is done in no time.
  • Localization - TimeSpan speaks English, German, French, Spanish. If you want to help with a missing language, just contact us.
  • Full landscape support - The entire app is also usable in landscape mode. So you can always use TimeSpan in your current most comfortable position.

I've played around with TimeSpan and I really like the UI. I love that it not only helps you keep manage important dates, but displays them as a countdown bar so that you have a way to visually see how close or far away a date is.

TimeSpan is available on the iPhone and iPad for $0.99. Screenshots after the break.

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Extra Innings Mobile Instructor for iPhone, iPad

Extra Innings Mobile Instructor is an iPhone and iPad app that allows baseball coaches to markup a player's video for instructional purposes.

Improve your baseball and softball player technique with the state of the art mobile video analysis tool, the Extra Innings Mobile Instructor App.

  • Analyze Player Video: Mark up your player’s video with a full set of professional tools, including scaleable shapes, freehand drawing, ball icons, full screen grid and text notes. You can save the analyzed video and send it to the player, complete with titlecard and summary screen, with customizable voice over.

  • Professional Analysis feature: For professional analysis, sumbit your player’s videos to the instructors at Extra Innings right from the app. Using in app purchase, you can submit your player’s videos and receive a fully analyzed video - from your local Extra Innings instructor within 48 hours.

Extra Innings Mobile Instructor is available on the iPhone and iPad for $4.99. Screenshots after the break.

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